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FRP promises 2020 season will ‘rock you’
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 13:51

From Staff Reports

FLAT ROCK –  Flat Rock Playhouse recently unveiled its 2020 season with the theme “Puttin’ on the Hits.”

This year will feature a collection of beloved productions that are tried-and-true successes, such as “A Chorus Line,” “West Side Story” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”

“Combining classic titles with Flat Rock Playhouse hand-crafted productions, audiences can expect a stellar season with something for everyone,” the FRP, designated as the official theater of North Carolina, noted in a press release.

Season subscriptions are on sale through April 24. Single tickets will go on sale Jan. 13. 

“FRP has showcased professional performances since 1952 with unparalleled quality,” the release stated. “This season is no exception.”

More than 50 equity actors, 16 equity-bound apprentices, and a host of union designers and technicians will gather at “the Rock” to delight audiences and continue the tradition of excellence in the performing arts through its performances.

For instance, “The Music on the Rock Concert Series will ‘rock you’ this year with hit legends: ‘The Music of Queen,’ ‘Donny Edwards as Elvis,’ ‘Rumors: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show,’ ‘Jumping Jack Flash: The Music of the Rolling Stones’ and ‘Sizzling Summer Nights.’ These productions will move audiences to their feet in celebration of musical legends who transformed their genre forever,” the release noted.

What’s more, the FRP added that “the Mainstage Series showcases a dynamic set of musicals and plays that will delight audiences of all generations. Musicals include ‘Million Dollar Quartet,’ ‘A Chorus Line,’ ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Autumn at the Opry’ and ‘A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.’”

“Million Dollar Quartet” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session. where Sam Phillips, the “father of rock ‘n’ roll,” brought together the icons Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley for one unforgettable night. 

“In 2016, this production ‘rocked’ audiences and has remained one of the most popular requests ever since,” FRP stated. 

Multi-Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line,” departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it is like to be in the theater: glamorous, at times, but also tough and sometimes heartbreaking. 

“‘West Side Story’ is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time,” the release said. In “West Side Story,” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are transported to modern-day New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. 

“Autumn at the Opry” will honor a well-known regional tradition — the Grand Ole Opry, with all the talent of FRP favorite performers and musicians. 

Closing out the season, “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas” will continue the local holiday tradition “full of spectacle, grace and spirit,” tbe FRP stated.

Mainstage Series plays are touted by the FPR as including a timeless classic, a modern but soon-to-be hit, and an FRP throwback.

For instance, “Steel Magnolias” will transport audiences to the town of Chinquapin, La., where six distinctly individual women gather in Truvy’s Beauty Parlor for a wash and hairdo. Filled with hilarious repartee as well as the pain of loss, this show highlights the underlying strength and love that each character possesses and their ability to support each other in good times and bad. 

“‘Helen on Wheels’ is a delightful heartwarming new comedy proving that feisty old ladies have the right to cause hell, play bingo and bear arms,” FRP noted. When Helen Wheeler’s son thinks it’s time for her to move closer to him, she faces her own battles with loss, loneliness and the on-coming threat to her independence. 

Last performed on the FRP stage in the 1980s, “Catch Me If You Can” transports audiences to a mountain lodge for a humorous whodunit full of twists and turns. 

Rounding out the 2020 season, Studio 52 Family Series productions include classic children’s stories: “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Hobbit.” Both productions explore the power of friendship, adventure and wit. Audition information will be available in 2020. School shows will be available for both shows. 

For more information on the 2020 season or season subscriptions, call 693-0731 or visit online at



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